The God Who Knows Tomorrow

The God Who Knows Tomorrow

When I was in high school, I helped chaperone a trip for some of the kids of the church to go out at night to Hoffman Hills, a hiking trail and recreational area near Menomonie, Wisconsin. Much of the trail went through wooded areas that mostly covered up the night...

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Anxiety Antidotes: an Acrostic

Anxiety Antidotes: an Acrostic

Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Do...

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LBS 2020 Commencement Address

LBS 2020 Commencement Address

What comes after Tabor? Tabor is the traditional name of the Mount of Transfiguration. There Peter, James and John encountered Moses—the voice of the Law, Elijah—representing the Prophets, and Jesus—the final Word of God. It was glorious! Seminary is like Tabor. Like...

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LBS 2020 Graduates

LBS 2020 Graduates

ISAIAH BAI - MASTER OF DIVINITY DEGREEIsaiah was born and raised in Shanghai, China. At the age of 18, he attended the University of Oregon. Sensing the call to Christian ministry, he transferred to New Hope Christian College and earned the Bachelor of Science in...

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Transforming the Church

Transforming the Church

Community is important. The community you find yourself in has a great impact on who you are. When I first gave my life to Christ, I had almost no Christian friends. I took a look around at my community, at who I spent my time with, and realized that if I was going to...

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Pandemic and Disease are Realities in this World

Pandemic and Disease are Realities in this World

We see the reality of sickness in the world around us. It is in our present and our past. Our history is full of it. The Scriptures tell the story of how God’s people faced the reality of sickness and death in the world again and again. All because we live in a world...

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Rogness Retires as Director

Rogness Retires as Director

ROBERT OVERGAARD, SR: When I read of Matthew’s retirement as Director of Lutheran Brethren International Mission, I thought, “He was chosen of God!” When God sent Samuel to search for a candidate for the highest office in the land (1 Samuel 16), Samuel was directed to...

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Texting While Driving

Texting While Driving

I was texting while driving the other day—something I abhor when others do it. But I told myself it was harmless, in my situation. I was just leaving church to drive home. In fact, I had already put the transmission in DRIVE when it occurred to me that my wife might...

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New Director of LBIM

New Director of LBIM

On May 18, 2020, President Paul Larson recommended and the COD unanimously approved the appointment of Daniel Venberg to be our next director of Lutheran Brethren International Mission. Daniel will begin his ministry as Director on July 1, 2020.

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Update: Minneapolis

Update: Minneapolis

Brothers and Sisters, George Floyd died a week ago. With all that has transpired since then in Minneapolis, I have been asked to share with you how Ebenezer Lutheran Brethren Church is faring. I want to do that, along with one thought. As of June 2, the people of...

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This Sickness Will Not End in Death

This Sickness Will Not End in Death

If the previous couple months have affirmed one thing to me about the nature of the Church, it is our togetherness. The spring of 2020 will undoubtedly go down in history as a vulnerable and difficult season of concern, grief, isolation, and loss. And, in our great...

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One Little Word Shall Fell Him

One Little Word Shall Fell Him

I am becoming ever more convinced that the Western world doesn’t know quite what to do with the character of Satan. And by all accounts it seems that my hypothesis may be correct. A 2009 study by George Barna found that 59% of those who claimed to be Christian agreed...

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Separated by Sin

Separated by Sin

I really wish I was perfectly good! As a kid I grew up thinking I was pretty good. I could compare myself to my friends and thought I came off favorably. I did not get in much trouble, so I took that as a sign that, all in all, I was good. But as the years go by, I...

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The Last Enemy

The Last Enemy

The Thursday after Easter Sunday I was making rounds, and I came across a man sitting in a wheelchair by a table of the common room. I didn’t believe we had met before, certainly not on this unit, but there was something familiar about him I couldn’t place. This was...

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100 Years in Chad: Foundations

100 Years in Chad: Foundations

Pastor Poulo Jacques, the Director of Evangelism and Mission for the EFLT (Chadian Lutheran Brethren Church) paused for a moment, and said, “Here is the foundation of the house originally built by Missionary Kaardal in 1920…”  Pastor Jacques could hardly contain his...

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